Period quilts on display at European museums

Lisa Evans, from the Quilt History discussion list, reports that two famous period quilts, the Tristan Quilt and the Coperta di Usella, will be on display this spring at museums in London and Florence.

The Tristan Quilt is now on exhibit "for the first time in generations" at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It's sister quilt, Coperta di Usella, is scheduled to be displayed at the Museo Palazzo Davanzati, Florence, from April 24 to June 24, 2010.

Evans writes: "These two quilts are known as rare surviving examples of all white figurative quilting attributed to a Sicilian atelier circa 1360-1400. As such, they are key pieces in understanding the tradition of quilting from the Middle Ages to present day."